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  1. Pinkipad

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    I need an FTP program for my iPad 2. I need to be able to specify where the files I download land.
     
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    On the iPad an app can only load files into its local file space. No app is able to load a file into another app's filespace. The only indirect way this can be accomplished is by using the iOS 'Open In' facility. So your FTP program could load the file into its local filespace and then that file could be 'offered' to a compatible app via the iOS 'Open In' facility. If an app has registered its ability with iOS to be able to handle a particular file format then iOS will prompt with that app in the 'Open In' dialog.

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    Thank you. Can you break that down into English,?!?!?! I have many files by the same name, I.e. Index.php, as I have more than one site.

    I'm a Windows user and Apple is very new to me so I'm unfamiliar with MAC terminology.

    Say I download a file, how do I find it to edit? if it resides in localspace, is that a place I can search?

    It almost seems as though I should email the files to myself from my netbook, open on iPad and edit (then again, will it open in an app I choose?) then go back to my netbook to upload.
     
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    By 'local space' I meant that each app is totally isolated from every other app. In Windows programs/apps can communicate directly with each other. So you could download a file with Internet Explorer and then switch to, say, Word and open that file from within Word. You can't do that on the iPad. When you download a file using, say, Safari (and Safari can only download certain types of files) that file resides solely in the Safari file space. It cannot be accessed by another app directly. So, if you downloaded a PDF file and then switched to a PDF app you wouldn't be able to 'see' that file because it would be isolated within the Safari domain.

    To be able to get, say, iBooks to read it you use the 'Open In' facility that iOS provides. From within Safari, if you select the PDF downloaded iOS will offer 'Open In' and a list of programs that can process the PDF file. When you select one, say iBooks, a *copy* of the file is made by iOS into the iBooks filespace. So now there are two entirely separate copies of that PDF file that are completely independent. If you, say, deleted the Safari copy, the iBooks' copy would still be left.

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    I did some snooping in the App Store and found many apps for HTML editing with built-in FTP. One I already bought but there are no directions, no help file, no links (see other post today!), and I saw several others that appear to do the same. I want to research those. But, theoretically, can I edit in an app then upload from there? That seems too easy a solution!
     

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